Laura Watkinson studied languages at Oxford and Cambridge. She translates literary fiction from Dutch, German and Italian. She lives in Amsterdam.
Laura on translating Tomorrow Pamplona: "Tomorrow Pamplona is a beautifully subtle book that builds up to a devastating conclusion. Van Mersbergen draws his readers in and takes them on a claustrophobic journey to Pamplona and back with boxer Danny. This is a book in which two men communicate a great deal in few words, with two narrative threads intertwining and flashbacks creating tension and anticipation.
As a translator, I'm enjoying the challenge of maintaining the pace and pressure of Van Mersbergen's taut text. I hope to emulate the author's ability to present a detailed and intricate portrait of a believable character who is difficult, psychologically complex and deeply troubled, yet ultimately sympathetic for all of his flaws."